Wabissa Bede (adidas)

Wabissa Bede brings the toughness to Blacksburg that Buzz Williams loves

Buzz Williams nabbed four-star point guard Wabissa Bede on Wednesday evening, and that pledge adds to a rising talent level in Blacksburg.

Traditionally one quality that all Buzz Williams teams have possessed is toughness. From his time at Marquette to now at Virginia Tech, Williams has always done best when he has tough kids who will compete, even if not the most gifted skill wise or athletically.

While Wabissa Bede is both skilled enough and athletic enough to be a high-major division I player, what separates him from so many of his peers is his toughness and his unquestioned hatred of losing.

With that it is no surprise that Bede decided between Butler and Virginia Tech. Butler is a program that has always thrived on fit and toughness, and Virginia Tech under Williams is attempting to do the same thing.

Bede came into the summer as an unranked prospect, but by the end of July college coaches were falling all over themselves to get involved in his recruitment. Still Bede for the most part stayed loyal to the schools that were on him the longest.


He kept it consistent with the coaches he had relationships with, and in the end it was Williams and his staff that were able to get his commitment.

Now Bede will join with current commitment Nickeil Alexander-Walker to form one of the better more versatile backcourts in the ACC.

Bede is more of a true point guard while Alexander-Walker is a combo guard who will play both on and off the ball. This gives the Hokies a ton of talent, and two kids who should really compete for them and add a level of talent that hasn’t been in Blacksburg for a while.

When you add in players such as Chris Clarke, Justin Bibbs, and Justin Robinson, it is clear that the talent level is going way up under the guidance of Williams.

Bede is the latest, and one of the most important because of all the intangibles that brings to the table. In a conference loaded with potential NBA talent at places such as Louisville, Duke, and North Carolina, it is key to have older guys who know how to compete, and Virginia Tech is going to have just that.

With leadership qualities that are through the roof, talent, and an incredible motor, there is no doubt that Wabissa Bede should not only play well in his time in Blacksburg, but also become someone who is a fan favorite, and helps the Hokies to a lot of wins.

Scout Hoops Top Stories